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FACES PLACES (VISAGES VILLAGES) (2017)
If you are interested in old age and cinema do not miss Agnes Varda and JR film released this week in London. Any comments from my part would be superfluous. The film speaks for itself.
Posted in Ageing, classic, documentary, intergenerational relationships Tagged Ageing, agnes varda, dockers, feel good, feminism, humour, image, JR, life, media, photography, photos, Rural france, vision problems, women 1 Comment
Mrs. Caldicot’s Cabbage War (2002)
Before I write about the EON (Ealing Over 60 network) film session Mrs. Caldicot’s Cabbage War I would like to quote again the most outrageously sexist/ageist example in journalism that I have encountered in my extensive reading about films. … Continue reading
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SUMMER REFLECTIONS on films featuring old women.
Too hot to think clearly. Too hot to sit for a long time looking at the screen. Too hot to remember the times spent talking about ageing and films. The laughs and heated discussions. My friends long departed. Is … Continue reading
Posted in Ageing, Ageism, audience responses, critics, death, Film Analysis, FILM RECEPTION Tagged Ageism, All About Eve, media, Old women in films, Pather Panchali, reviews, Volver 4 Comments
AQUARIUS (2016) partial analysis
In The Greater London Pensioner Association newsletter (October 2017) Judith Olley writes about the Representation of Older People on Film. It is refreshing to read about films from an older person’s viewpoint and I picked up two films that I … Continue reading
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MOTHER AND SON Gentleman’s Agreement (1947)
Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) I was very surprised when I read Bradshaw’s article a few months ago. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/15/best-picture-oscar-winners-gentlemans-agreement-1947 This film about anti-semitism is not considered as one of Kazan’s best work and Bradshaw’s choice has been criticised. This is not about … Continue reading
Posted in Ageing, Ageism, critics, documentary, Film Analysis, motherhood Tagged actors, antisemitism, communication, family, film reviews, grandmother/grandson, HUAC, humour, interviews, lifestyle, media, mother/son relationship, reviews, tv, women Leave a comment
AGEISM IN HOLLYWOOD.
I was appalled to read in the Guardian 28/09/16 Short Cuts, under the title Is this a cure for ageist casting disasters?. “a landmark law, effective from next year, in California only, that permits actors to request the removal of … Continue reading
THE RARE AND RIDICULE. Ageism in Hollywood popular films.
The online Guardian of 14 Sept, headlined “Older characters underrepresentated and ridiculed in Hollywood”. Under a close-up of Helen Mirren’s face and neck unretouched showing her lines and wrinkles the article proceeds to report: …research conducted by the Media, … Continue reading
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IRIS – THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK
I have no special penchant for documentaries, but I was persuaded by the critics to see Iris (2015) at the NFT (National Film Theatre). It was shown at the Studio screen, where, if short of stature, your viewing is obscured by … Continue reading
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OPENING NIGHT: age does not matter?
I cannot remember when I first saw Cassavetes’ Opening Night (1977), maybe before I got interested in the representation of old women in film. All I remember is that I came out of the cinema bewildered. I did not understand its style, … Continue reading
ADVANCED STYLE (2014): not a work of art.
Oh dear! what can I say ? In my last post I quoted Bazin about reviews: “Let us say that the ideal would be to be able to help efficiently those we like and to have little influence on the … Continue reading
Posted in Ageing, Ageism, Conferences and comments Tagged advanced style, Ageing, Ageism, broadsheets, clothes, documentary, fashion, looks, media, old women invisibility, reviews 3 Comments
Although my blog is about old women and feature films, I will consider a television documentary broadcast on September 17th 2013 on Channel 4. I think it is a very important programme in the field of representation of old women. … Continue reading
LUMINATE FESTIVAL AND JANE GRANT’S PRESENTATION
Luminate, Scotland’s creative ageing festival ran for its second year this October. Events took place in almost every region, even the Outer Hebrides, and included exhibitions, films, and live performances (music, poetry, dance and theatre). There were also discussions, debates, … Continue reading
BELIEVE ME THE IMAGE IS MORE THAN IT APPEARS. (Ovid-Heroids)
I was chuffed last week when I was asked to take part in a project about the representation of old women. The researcher was not the usual young academic looking at old women from an ‘objective’ point of view, not … Continue reading
Films and demographic changes.
I thought my days of getting angry were over. Not so. I broke my vow of remaining silent in public meetings and spoke out in anger stunning the audience and the panel. It was at the annual Pensioners Forum for … Continue reading
Age Spots and Spotlights: Celebrity, Ageing and Performance
An interesting research symposium “Age Spots and Spotlights: Celebrity, Ageing and Performance”. http://agespotsandspotlights.blogspot.com/ I was so pleased to have been invited (on the strength of my blog) by one of the organisers Dr. Deborah Jermyn. Before going to the event … Continue reading
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Ageism and Anger
April 10th 2011 Before going back to Volver, my blog today deals with instances of ageism that I have mentioned occasionally but that I would like to put together. I took Morganroth Gullette’s Agewise to read while away on holiday. … Continue reading
Mrs. Caldicot’s Cabbage War
This month people braved the snow flurries and bitter cold, to come to the Lexi for our film club. They all enjoyed the film, so imagine my surprise to read Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian the very next day … Continue reading
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OPENING NIGHT (1977) : Inside I feel 18 years old
In my previous post I analysed a 4 minutes scene where Myrtle is challenged about her inability to act the role of an older woman, Virginia, or disclose her age. This crucial scene occurs nearly half way through the film. It … Continue reading →